City Of Greensboro Reaches Financial Settlement With Dejuan Yourse

City Of Greensboro Reaches Financial Settlement With Dejuan Yourse

5:41pm May 05, 2017
In police body cam video released last year, former Greensboro Police Officer Travis Cole is seen physically assaulting Dejuan Yourse. (Video Screenshot/City of Greensboro)

The City of Greensboro says it has reached a financial settlement with a man who accused city police of using excessive force last year.

In a statement Friday, officials said Dejuan Yourse would be paid $95,000 as part of an agreement that he not file future claims against the city about the incident.

Yourse agreed to participate in mediation after members of city council and Greensboro police publicly apologized.

His case made national news after video surfaced of white officers apparently assaulting Yourse, who is black, during an arrest.

The officers involved in the incident – Travis Cole and C.N. Jackson – resigned from the department.

The full text of the City of Greensboro's statement starts below:

City Reaches Settlement Agreement with Dejuan Yourse

GREENSBORO, NC (May 5, 2017) – A majority of the Greensboro City Council voted on May 2, 2017, to approve a resolution of all potential civil claims with Dejuan Yourse, related to his arrest on June 17, 2016. This settlement was fully executed on May 4, 2017.

Following Mr. Yourse’s arrest last year, which involved self-reported uses of force, the Greensboro Police Department initiated an internal investigation of the events in question pursuant to its standard procedure. In the course of the internal investigation, both officers involved in the arrest resigned. 

Members of the Greensboro City Council and the Greensboro Police Department voiced public apologies to Mr. Yourse for this incident. The City and Mr. Yourse subsequently agreed to participate in mediation, in an effort to avoid litigation and fully and finally resolve the issues arising from Mr. Yourse’s arrest.

The agreed-upon terms of the settlement include a payment to Mr. Yourse of $95,000.  Mr. Yourse has, among other things, agreed to release any potential legal claims against the City and its former and current employees. 

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